AviationAir New Zealand to offer world-first sleep pods for economy passengers on longhaul flights.

Bunk beds in the sky? Thanks, Air NZ

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Time for rest in Air New Zealand’s new bunk beds, which will be available on the carrier's new Dreamliners come 2024.
Time for rest in Air New Zealand’s new bunk beds, which will be available on the carrier's new Dreamliners come 2024.

Air New Zealand is offering a new slant on ‘bunking down for the night’.

The Kiwi carrier says it will soon be time to swap the headrest for some bedrest and stretch out on its world-first, economy class sleep pods in the sky.

Skynest will consist of six pods available for part of a passenger’s journey and available on the carrier’s new Dreamliners, due in 2024. Pricing has yet to be worked out.

Air New Zealand calls it: “A game changer for economy travellers.” And there’s more: The airline has also added a Sky Pantry to the Premium Economy and Economy cabins, so customers can stretch their legs, grab a bite to eat and hydrate during the journey.

Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran and chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty test the airline’s new Business Premier Luxe.
Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran and chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty test the airline’s new Business Premier Luxe.

The new planes will also feature Business Premier Luxe, offering passengers all the perks of Business Premier, but with a fully closing door and space for two to dine.

Air New Zealand's chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty said: “Research shows us the first night away from home is the hardest to get a good night’s sleep so everything we do onboard is to help create a sense of calm, from the lighting and sleep ritual including sleepy teas and balms, to the healthier food choices and breathable fabrics.”

Well done, Air New Zealand. The only thing you seem to have forgotten is a flock of sheep walking down the aisles, allowing passengers to count them as they fall off to sleep.

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